500-year-old polychrome carved figure could bring $20,000 in online antiques auction

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Litchfield County Auctions announces their Autumn Modernism, Asian Arts & European Antiques Auction will include a special collection of Asian ceramics, artwork and objects. Additionally, there are Modern works of art and design, together with traditional English and Continental furniture and decorations. The auction will be running online Sept. 28-Oct. 12 at igavelauctions.com.
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Thomas Worthington Whittredge river landscape brings $18,000 at American and European Continental antiques auction

There was strong interest across the board during Litchfield County Auction’s July 20, 2011 American and English Continential auction and much activity was received in all categories of the sale. Paintings, American and Continental furniture, decorations, Americana, folk art, and silver stood at the top of the list. Selling close to 85 percent of the lots offered in the sale, many items grossed well above their high estimate and received a high number of bids. 
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Louis XVI bedroom suite brings $72,000 in California antique furniture auction

At a time when furniture is down in most circles, a June 14 auction in Los Angeles delivered what bidders wanted in their antique furniture: quality, variety and provenance. A Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted mahogany suite of bedroom furniture, dating to the late 19th century, sold for $73,200 and a ; a Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted marquetry bois satine and George III mahogany secretary bookcase from the estate of director, writer, producer and actor, Tim Whelan and his wife, actress and Los Angeles interior decorator, Miriam Seegar, sold for $30,500.
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Astrid Kirchherr Beatles photographic archive heads to auction

While shooting the music scene in Hamburg, Germany, young photographer Astrid Kirchherr met a captivating group of musicians performing under the name The Silver Beatles. Despite the charms of members Paul, John and George, Astrid’s affections were captured by Stuart …. Stuart Sutcliffe, aka, the "fifth Beatle." Kirchherr’s photographs of what would become the world-famous Beatles will cross the block at Guernsey’s this fall. The vast majority of her material focusing on the Beatles and the Liverpool scene has been hidden … until now. This large body of work might well be described as a "remarkable untapped archive of never-before-seen imagery." More simply put, it is a vast collection of previously unknown Beatles photos.
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Seldom-seen Victorian table fountain in online sale ending July 20

Litchfield County Auctions Online Summer Sale holds more than 800 lots of fresh-to-the-market property collected from New York and Connecticut estates and private collections. The summer sale’s focus is on American, English and Continental art and antiques, including this Victorian Tufts automatic crystal table fountain, circa 1870-1880. In addition to a variety of weathervanes, pewter, baskets and canes, the Americana section features a selection of Shaker furniture and decorative arts as well. The sale is online now at iGavelAuctions.com and can be viewed on the Litchfield County Auctions website.
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“Flea Man” debuts Friday night: new collectibles TV show

A new National Geographic Channel program follows the exploits of flea market veteran Jimmy Kaplow as he travels the U.S. buying and selling. The show looks at the often humorous and touching situations that happen when buyers and sellers meet. It’s the latest reality program to debut on the antiques market ahead of a few others coming late this year and early next year. In the June 17, 2011 series debut (back-to-back episodes at 8 and 9PM ET/PT) Kaplow butts heads with a vintage costume jewelry collector and helps a family that inherited a house full of antiques raise money for their daughter’s medical school expenses.
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Faberge egg-style miniature portrait frame sells for $57,300

A Faberge egg shaped miniature portrait frame sold for nearly as much as several important paintings during a May 21-22, 2011 Maine fine art and antique auction. Telephone, floor and internet bidders aggressively pursued the circa 1910 gold frame, composed of white guilloche face, a seed pearl liner, a deep blue enamel outer band and gold riband top with ruby cabochon. The active bidding helped the frame piece achieve a final selling price of $57,300.
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How Mary-Louise Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun helped save New Orleans’ museums after Hurricane Katrina

Mary-Louise Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun broke gender barriers in 18th century France with her skillful use of a paintbrush and political savvy. Her "forgiving" portraits of Marie Antoinette charmed the Queen and earned her a coveted royal endorsement to the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. More than 200 years later, her work was instrumental in a traveling fundraiser to save treasures damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
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How I Started Collecting: Reader’s reflect on their first experiences with collecting

From broken soup tureens to granddad’s Indian arrowhead hunting trips, Antique Trader subscribers share their most valued memories of their first experiences in collecting. These funny, poignant letters reflect Antique Trader’s ongoing effort to foster a new generation’s appreciation for the hunt for precious objects. All letters are eligible to win a copy of the out of print book "Secrets to Affordable Collecting" by Frank Farmer Loomis IV.
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